Dare to enter ‘Faeryland’, and be prepared to traverse the enchanted world of Magà Ettori

Magà Ettori - Isabelle Paoli - The man who dreamed of faeryland(5)My attention was attracted by this title: ‘The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland’, that I happened to fall upon one day; call it fate, luck, or whatever mystical vibrations/ripples led me there, I realised I absolutely needed to lead my own investigation. But, first and foremost, we really require to go over Magà Ettori’s personal and professional records; for they deliver a very detailed, and expansive picture of the personage, necessary for the comprehension of his masterwork.
As a young man, he hesitated between two main careers: a sportsman (being a judoka, and junior champion of Corsica), or a painter (receiving a prize from the town of Ajaccio itself). Course of events were to lead him to Paris, entering a professional Business Centre for Journalism (CPJ) –  also encouraging the wish to attend the Graduate School of Audiovisual Direction (ESRA), and a period assigned to studying English too, at the University of Cambridge, in England. Author/producer and director, he was born in Ajaccio – and for twenty years his career was to be engaged in politics and associations for the development of the audiovisual industry/cinema in Corsica, with the Regional Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual, for which he remains the chairman today – presently granting more of his time to film directing/creating.
Now returning to our title: ‘The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland’, let’s find out what the story is here. Some of you may recognise the title; borrowed from the Irish poet, William Butler Yeats – thus, Irish mythology holds a prominent role here, and shooting took place in Dublin, where Yeats had dwelled. The story related is that of Cathbad, the first Druid of the Kingdom of Ulster, and whose name signifies ‘killer in battle’ – played by Magà Ettori himself, a role he very comfortably settles into. It’s a rare legendary story of Queen Ness and the God-Druid Cathbad, within which their relationship of love/hate is revealed, and from their passion Conchobar, the first king of Ireland is to be born.
‘Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!’ Yeats’s words will forever echo through time ..   CHRIST CHURCH - The man who dreamed of faeryland - Magà Ettori
Shooting not only took place in Ireland, but also in the US, Africa and finally in Corsica; as an invisible (although very present) bridge between the two islands. One could say, it is a tale of initiation without concessions, with certain points providing further depth to the subject. Roots are from ancient times, terminating in modern day. Magà Ettori finds this is his most accomplished creation to date, reminding us of his affection for Ireland too, an island he has visited on several occasions. However, for the first time here, he explores the codes of ‘fantasy film’ – with serious special effects in a world of goblins, fairies, an evil queen, warriors, trolls, gnomes, sirens … sublimely affiliated with breathtaking scenery and music. Shot entirely in English, the ‘première’ will be taking place at the Cultural Festival in Coti-Chiavari (Corsica), in 2015 – the theme of the festival being, Ireland – to continue to be shown in Ireland and the US, resuming in an international career for ‘The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland’, thus engaging the magical powers of Druid Magà Ettori to operate freely. I must bring to your attention the fact that this is his fiftieth film, and one could consider this being a milestone too, as his repertoire is indeed vast: in 1990 he wrote and directed ‘Domotica’ (with Jean Lefebvre), followed by numerous achievements throughout the years, including television and gallery exhibitions (a listing can be found at the end of the article). In addition, in 1991, he created a cultural review ‘Intelligenza’ in Ajaccio along with a contemporary art gallery ‘San Ruchellu’; a double award-winning project by the ‘Youth Challenge’ from the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Regional Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual (IRCA) was to see its’ creation in 1992, in Ajaccio; an independent organisation applying support for production training, with film and television distribution in the Corsican region. Conferences, debates, masterclasses, workshops, meetings and training classes, all concerned with cultural diversity, and whereupon two conferences in the Senate took place, guaranteed by the Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Corsican regional authority. This institute is regularly invited to festivals and other creative demonstrations, i.e: ’50 Giorni di Cinema Internazionale a Firenze’, Festival de Cannes and Marseille, the European Cultural capital. More recently, (and I’m deliberately jumping ahead of time here, as the list is amazingly long), in 2007, he wrote and directed the musical ‘The Corsican Revolution’, performed by sixty singers, musicians, actors, stuntmen and swordsmen at the Bataclan, Casino de Paris and the Palais des Sports. He is also the author of the album too, composed by Patrice Bernardini. Then, in 2009, upon the request of the Ministry of Culture and Communications, he wrote the biography of Danielle Casanova (a well known Corsican resistant). 2011 led to ‘The March of the Child King’, a short film that ensured its’ world ‘première’ at the 64th Cannes Film Festival … the professional record of Magà Ettori is constant and persistent, as you may have well observed by now – and this is the creative stream continually flowing, operating and revealing itself. In 2002, he is elected President of the ‘Maison de la Corse’, where he will remain until 2010.
‘Come away, O human child: to the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, for the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand ..’ BRIDE- The man who dreamed of faeryland - Magà Ettori(4)
Our need and yearning for the mysterious, the magical, the unknown, the immortal … imaginary destinations of the minds’ vast but intricate field of innate curiosity. I find it’s so stimulating and necessary, and I realise that you can still count on those who delight in wonder and fantasy, transporting us through poetic, perfumed, fiery tales we are so much in demand of today.
‘But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly because you tread on my dreams .. be secret and exult, because of all things known that is most difficult’.

Remember, 2015 will be ‘Faeryland’ year ! let the fairy in you fly …


‘La nuit des Expressions Artistiques’ (play: 1995) ‘Paoli, un homme des lumières’ (2007) along with ‘L’héritage de Pasquale Paoli’ with Jean-François Remi of the French Academy and ‘Lella aurait eu 100 ans’ (2009). La Maison de l’UNESCO with Dr Edmond Simeoni : ‘la Diversité dans le 7e Art’ (2010). ‘L’Union Corse’, ‘Le juge de paix du palais vert’, ‘OE’, ‘Artistes Citoyens du Monde’, ‘AE’, ‘La Révolution Corse’, ‘Maquisardes’, ‘Grossu Minutu’, ‘Rosas Danst Rosas’, ‘Patrizia Gattaceca au Réservoir’, ‘I Tercani’, ‘Lamentu di u Golu’, ‘La Marche de l’enfant roi’, ‘l’Astiu’, ‘D’Espagne’, ‘Le Dernier Clan’, ‘L’écritoire’, ‘Umani’, ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Le septième péché’, ‘La Lauréate’

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Photos credit: Magà Ettori

Director : Magà Ettori – Dress : Claire Garvey, Nine, GLC  – Photographers : Anton Privrel, Dumè Susini, Bluebirds – Make up : Anissa O Connor, Brigitte Artilly, Crena Care – Hair : Séverine Maraninchi

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